Good morning Ladies ! I hope you are doing well on this first weekend of February. January is always the toughest month of the year I think. I come down off a high from celebrating Christmas , and it also is usually pretty cold here too. To that point, it is freezing here right now !! It is 9f or -13c . It actually is an improvement as earlier in the week it was -24c or -11 f . We just need to get through these tough days .
I missed writing last weekend , I just got busy but there really was not a lot that you missed from the preceding week. I guess the highlight was our daughters volleyball team finished 2nd in their tournament. The rest was the usual busyness of our life. Also we got photos from my in-laws of their Caribbean cruise … Aruba in January.. I am not jealous… I am not Jealous !!
Last weekend was nice and relaxing with plenty of housework thrown in to keep me on my toes! We went to church Sunday and in the afternoon there was lots of football on our tv . On Sunday evening our daughter had her last church class encounter before making her confirmation today !
Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives the candidates the increased ability to practice their faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation.
It takes place at 10 am so I will need to get moving soon!!! My sister was asked to be the sponsor but she cannot make it today . I will step in for her . We will go out for a meal afterwards .
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Good morning Ladies ! January is moving along at pace Today it is cloudy outside and the temperatures have dropped in the last day or so. Right now it is 23f . You definitely need a coat if you go out and about! It can always be a tough month but we are getting through it !
Last weekend was rally nice and relaxing. Our daughter did have some friends over for a slumber party Saturday night, they were not too loud (too!) Now that she has a basement bedroom they like to come and stay over. On Sunday I went t o early church . In the afternoon we watched the vikings football game . Just before that I brought one of our sons to urgent care with sore ear/jaw. It turned out to be an external ear infection and he was given drops to take. The game went good for the most part but the vikings ended up losing in the last few minutes. That is their last game until September ! We got ready for the week and bedtime came quick.
On Monday evening we met my in-laws for dinner. They were in town as they were flying out early on Tuesday morning to go to Tampa Florida . They were going on a cruise! ( I’m not jealous.. I keep telling myself!)The cruise takes them to Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, Aruba and Grand Cayman Islands. They are right now travelling to Aruba . They return to Tampa next Saturday !
On Tuesday night Our eldest son performed with his school choir at the high school Auditorium. They did very well assisted by their musical director. Wednesday they had Church class, the first of the new year. Thursday was a quiet evening for us all, phew ! Yesterday evening I picked our daughter up at home and brought her to the neighboring parish as they went to a retreat for their upcoming sacrament of Confirmation. They are staying at the retreat center Until Sunday morning . Confirmation is February 4th. Today we got some new island stools . These ones have backs on them which is nice. In the evening we went to Church bingo, and 2 of ours sons won games and prizes !!
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Good afternoon Ladies ! How are you today ? It is really comfortable outside today. The sun is not shining although it was a little earlier. It is minus 2c or 28f We had no snowfall this week , yay!!
Country road sunset from Tuesday evening.
Last Sunday I left off after we had Sunday brunch provided by the Knights of Columbus. We got home and got to relax a bit. Most of us watched the vikings football game, I caught some of it ! They qualified for the play offs and take on the new York Giants tomorrow. The evening went fast and we got ready for school/work for the coming week. Monday and Tuesday went by pretty fast. On Wednesday morning we woke up after overnight rain and then freezing. The roads were treacherous and everyone was advised not to travel unless really necessary. School was automatically called off. So we also didn’t drive to work either! I was able to work on organizing our basement living room a little. It is not sheetrocked ( plasterboarded) but it has a big piece of carpet and sectional couch. We are hoping to finish it this year!
Thursday and Friday we went back to work and school, the roads were all clear Thank God . Even with a day off during the week I was glad when it was Friday evening. We came and had a nice dinner. This morning we went out for breakfast to a nice little country place nearby. I am getting a bit of relaxation time now at 3:15pm to write 🙂
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An early spring look, I am always looking forward !!!
Shoutout :- To my friend Kate, wishing you a belated happy birthday that you celebrated on Tuesday the 10th!!! Sending lots of hugs and love to you!
Good morning Ladies !! I want to wish you all a very big welcome to my blog for 2023 ! I hope it is a wonderful year for each and every one of you. . We certainly got a new years awakening on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. We had 14 inches of snow over the 2 days! The last few days have had sunshine which is nice to see again, but it is in the cooler temperatures again. It is 3f or minus 16c right now.
The snow piles up higher and higher !!
Last week as I left we were about to go out to dinner with our friends Brandon and Josette . We picked them up and got a better look at their new house they had moved into the previous evening. It is a lovely 3 story house that will work so well for them. We went to the restaurant , it was busy being new years eve, but they opened up a table pretty fast for us . We had a lovely meal and great conversation also. Our Waitress was a sweetheart to us. They declined to come over to our house for ringing in the new year as they were tired after the previous days moving and the unpacking combined. So we rang it in ourselves and one of our sons wanted to stay up for it also !
The next day Sunday we went to early Church. . A good way to start a new year! We had a relaxing early afternoon, then Brandon and Josette came over to watch the vikings game as their tv had not been set up yet. We had Papa Murphys pizza for dinner, it is prepared there and baked at home.
Monday was a relaxing day, I was off work due to New years day falling on a Sunday. We also used the day to get the kids ready for returning to school. On Tuesday morning early I got voicemail from school saying they would be staying home due to snow. Then the same happened on Wednesday Morning to give them an extended Christmas break!!! Their church class was cancelled also that night.
Thursday and Friday went by fast . On Friday night we looked into volunteering for “Feed my starving Children” It is a non-profit group that sends meals to kids and families in underprivileged countries. They have a location about 25 mins drive from us . They had 7 slots open to package food on Saturday morning. My eldest son and I ended up going only . It was a fun experience , but also humbling. There are 4 ingredients packed into each sealed bag.rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals.
We were put onto a church group team and I had fun chatting with Chris and Emily as we worked . We did have to stay focused though. In total our work station packed 396 bags divided into 11 boxes. I was given the job of using the sealer machine! WE plan on going again soon with a bigger group. Below is a video on the feed my starving Children experience.
After we finished volunteering we came home and took delivery of a new washing machine. The old one had an issue and they could not fix it (it was still under the warranty } and gave us a new one! . It still has sticker on in photo after it was installed !
In the evening we had more dinner plans, two weeks in a row. We met up with Jordan and his wife Angie for a couples double date . We had a nice time out with them. We finished the night at a new brewpub that makes homemade wines and beers. This morning we went to regular church and had the knights of Columbus brunch afterwards.
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Good morning Ladies ! In what has been a year that just flew by, this is my last post of the year ! It has been a pleasure to write them , telling part of my weekly adventures (misadventures!) After out frigid temperatures last week it was nice to warm up this week. it is 28f but feels like a heatwave compared to what we had been experiencing.
Santa Claus did indeed arrive !!
As I left last week we were going to be going to Christmas eve Mass ( service) We got there early as usually there are extra people attending at Christmas . This indeed was the case and I am glad we were able to get a seat. The Mass was lovey celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. We are blessed ! We came home and had a nice dinner . Afterwards the kids were allowed to open some presents from family members. Then after a while it was time to go to bed before Santa Claus made his visit.
On Christmas morning we awoke to see the tree with all the presents underneath ! I had to get a photo (above) When all the kids were awake we had the gift opening. There were lego , sets, microphones , trucks clothing and much more. At 9:30 we made the 2 hour drive to my in-laws It was great to see them but one of my brothers-in-law was sick and him and his wife and son did not make it . We had a nice lunch with those that were there. .Afterwards I made some lovely Baileys coffees for an adult dessert drink. We also played some board games . I got to talk to family back home as well on videochat . We were tired early and were in bed before 10pm . It had been a long day especially with the driving.
December 26th at my in-laws house.
On the 26th my Mother-in-law made a lovely breakfast for us all. We stayed most of the day and then at 4pm loaded up the car again, with extra presents from the generous in-laws! We got home at a nice time . I had to go back to work on Tuesday. It was ok even though I was not ready ! The week did go by pretty fast though. Last night I helped our friends Josette & Brandon as they moved into the new house they bought a few months back. It is beautiful and perfect size for them. Then tonight we are going to go to dinner with them and they will come back to our house for games afterwards Our daughter will babysit her siblings!
Highlights of the year !
trip to Las Vegas !
Visit to Lake City on the Mississippi river .
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Wishing you all a a happy Healthy and Blessed new year! Thanks for your support throughout the the year, with lots of love ❤ , Terri xoxo.
Good morning Ladies !! It is hard to believe but we have now made it to Christmas eve. The time has gone so fast. This is my favorite holiday of the year as it welcomes Jesus to the world ! The weather is sooo cold ! It is minus 5f but the wind makes it feel like minus 26 f ! Or in Celsius it is minus 21 with windchill at minus 32c ! It has been similar temps to this for the past few days. A slight warm up is on the way though.
Last Saturday was spent getting some last minute items before Christmas. The stores were pretty quiet as there was a Minnesota Vikings game on in the afternoon, so a lot of locals stayed in , and also to avoid the cold ! It was nice for me though to get around ! We watched some Christmas movies that night. Sunday was the 4ht Sunday of Advent and the last candle was lit We then watched the world cup final and what turned out to be an exciting game and ending Argentina won the cup . The work week began Monday but it was broken up a bit. The kids finished school on Wednesday until the new year. I had Thursday off work as I had to use up my vacation days before the calendar year ends . It was nice getting the day to get things done . On Friday we worked until noon and then had our work Christmas party! It was a lovely get together with some spouses also showing up. There was a cornhole/ beanbags tournament that we all played in. We were divided up in teams at random. I was drawn with one of the guys and he helped us win the first game but then we lost the next 2 to be eliminated !!! Oh well. It was all fun . We got to chat with people we dont always get to. I left at 3’30pm and decided to get a new winter coat. It has been on my to do list for a little while now.
We are going out to eat this morning for breakfast . Then there are just a few items to take care of and we will be all ready for the big day tomorrow. We are going to my in-laws around 9am in the morning. This afternoon we are going to 4pm mass (church) at our local church.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
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All I have left is to wish you all a blessed , healthy and merry Christmas from my home to yours , with lots of love, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies !I hope you are having a lovely weekend . It is a beautiful Winter wonderland outside . We have had a lot of snow this week and as I type it is still coming down, just small flakes. It has been 4 days of it . The sun is partly shining also. It is supposed to get cold next week though !
As I left you last week we were going to our Friends Chris and Jen for Saturday evening . It was so good to see them . They have 2 boys and a girl, Lila is 2 years old , and such a cutie ! The boys are 13 and 7 . They have a hill in their back yard that they converted to sled down. The kids had so much fun going down it. We had dinner with them , a few drinks for those not driving ( pointing at me !) and watched some of world cup. We left around 9pm .
On Sunday we went to church for the 3rd of Advent. It is Gaudete Sunday where the pink or rose candle is lit to bring forth rejoicing as the saviour is near to being brought into the world. We watched a little football in the afternoon . In the evening we went to Christmas in the village. It is a 1900 era reconstructed village with houses and stores . It has a drug store , schoolhouse church Post office printing press store , blacksmith , General store and sooo much more. It was beautiful in the snow with all the lights. Each store had a wood burning stove as in that era. Everyone working and volunteering were dressed in period clothing.Church from the outside . Inside the Church . A house close to me really nicely decorated.
Monday came quick and it was pretty standard. On Tuesday evening I had a dentist appointment for cleaning only . it was good to get that done! Wednesday The kids had their last church class before Christmas. Thursday was a really bad day on the roads with snow and some ice! We got through it ok though Thank God ! Last night we went out to eat which was nice . Today I am doing last minute prep , food presents before Christmas.
We finally finished our decorations !
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It is getting really close ….. Looking forward to this coming week Ladies, I hope you are too, love, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! How are you today . It is early here this morning as I write this post . It is still dark outside and the temperature is 30f , just under the freezing mark. . We have had a few days of light snowfall but not much accumulation. We do have a blanket of snow on the ground for a few weeks now though. As I type there are flakes falling.
Country road east and west .
Last week I left off on Sunday . I prepared an early dinner and then had to go with our daughter to her church class meeting. She is receiving the sacrament of confirmation, where extra graces are added to the recipient in their continued faith journey through the holy spirit. The meeting really was for the confirmation sponsor, someone other than a parent , but my sister agreed to be sponsor and weas not able to attend meeting. She is only 4,000 miles away! Confirmation is taking place in February.
During the week I had a really nice discovery! At a friends house they found some old news papers from 1948. We went through page by page and of course when the fashion advertisements showed up I had to get some photos !! I will share more next week . What do you think of the description of this hat below ? It probably would not be used today! “To make you prettier” Read the fine print also!
The week went by quickly. Thursday was the feast of the immaculate conception, when Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus when he first took human form.
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Last night was relaxing , I love Friday nights! This morning I dropped our eldest son off at his class to be certified in driving a snowmobile! He took the online test and today is to conclude it. We do not own a snowmobile, but we have friends who have them, maybe in the future. Later we are going to visit our friends Chris & Jen , along with their 3 kids for a pre Christmas get together. It is getting so close, only 2 weeks to Christmas eve!
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Wishing you all a lovely weekend and week ahead, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies , I am back !! I took a few weeks of for various reasons . I was just busy on the weekends and also a little bit of mental block as far as creative writing , and at the end of the day making my posts as interesting to you the reader. I started blogging in the summer of 2016, the years have gone by so fast ! The blog is a public diary that I can share with you about the goings on with my life from week to week( nearly weekly!) and have the fun dress to rate at the end of each post. The family unit of husband wife and 4 kids have a lot of events and adventures, and I am glad to share with you all❤
The weekend of November 18-20 was spent mostly at home in preparation for Thanksgiving . We were hosting again this year. It also gave us our first significant snowfall this year ! It was good to get the house tidied up and made spic and span! Well it is usually pretty clean but needed a little more to get it just right. The 3 work days up to Thanksgiving went really fast . I was up early on Thanksgiving morning and we got all the food prepared . my parents in-laws arrived at 10.30am and they brought some yummy desserts … oh and wine ! Then my brother in -law and his 3 kids arrived a little later. His wife is a radiology technician and had to work unfortunately. Also another Brother in Law , his wife and son did not come as they were going to her parents. It was a pity to miss them but we have to share ! We ate at 1pm and everything was so good. Many hands make light work. Our friends Brandon and Josette came over in the late afternoon for an hour to join in the day.
Friday was a day off for everyone . We got to make Christmas cookies ! Then we also got around to putting up some Christmas decorations! here is a sneak peek
We had a really lovely long weekend then it was back to work and school Monday morning. It went by pretty fast. Then Tuesday we got dumped on with 8 inches of snow ! I have to say I got stuck in the snow and had to get a co-worker who was close by to come and pull me out !! Thank you Patrick, a gift card is coming your way Tomorrow ! Wednesday the kids were back in church class.
I was glad when Friday came ! We went out to eat which was nice. Yesterday I spent some time decorating a little more. I was listening to an Irish online country radio station as I was working . Maggie May was the presenter and I sent in a song request ! She very sweetly played it.
In the evening our daughter had a bunch of Girlfriends come over for a sleepover. They were pretty quiet , I was mildly surprised ! Earlier we went to church for the second week of Advent .
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Shoutout !! To my friend Gemma who celebrates her birthday tomorrow. Wishing you a beautiful day with lots of blessings, sending lots of hugs!
Happy Saturday to you all Ladies ! I am writing this in the evening after doing household chores today. The weather has taken a turn towards the cooler side with a little snow last night but not enough to cover the ground. I guess it is that time, especially in Minnesota ! Today was windy and cloudy all day.
I skipped a week of blogging(again!) When I last posted on the 29th we were going to be going to friends for Sunday lunch. But one of our sons woke up with a stomach bug so we called it off for safety . We had a quiet Sunday. Monday he was ok and went to school. That was Halloween night and our youngest 2 went out trick or treating. One was an inflatable dinosaur and the other a police officer. They got lots of compliments as they went door to door. After an hour they were ready to call it a night. They had accumulated a lot of candy at that stage anyway!
The week went fast . On Saturday our oldest son became a teenager !! Eek, we are now parents to 2 teens ! It goes so fast. He had a friend sleepover the night before , they did not go to sleep too early , surprise surprise ! In the afternoon his Grandparents and a great Aunt came to celebrate the birthday as a family. It was a fun day. On Sunday we went to church at our usual time. In the afternoon our friend Brandon came over with a present for the birthday boy and to watch the football game. The vikings won. The work/school week was long and I was glad when Friday came ! I got to sleep in today. We did some last minute outdoor leaf clean up . The yard looks better. I also got to relax with a little hallmark channel !! I love the Christmas movies . Also chatting with friends was so good.
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Good morning Ladies ! How are you today ? It is a nice start to the morning here , the sun is coming up as it has done in the last\ few days also. We have started with a bit of frost but the day warms as it goes on. A lot of our leaves are dropping now.
I missed out on posting last week. When I was with you last we were shutting down our pool as u can see in the photo above . The Sunday was a kind of Lazy day I must admit! The kids had school until Wednesday and then had 2 days off. So then here is a surprise. For their mini break they went to Chicago ! I had to work so my Sweetie took decided to take them ! I also stayed home to mind our dog. They left early on Thursday morning for the 5.5 hr trip. Our daughter helped with the driving so that was good having 2 drivers. I kept busy at work , it was kind of nice when I arrived home to a quite house ( how bad am I ? ) just myself and the dog. They showed me their hotel room/apartment through video call and it was very nice. I did get some things done around the house as well as getting out for a bit. Friday was a nice relaxing day. They explored some of the sights of Chicago. They also had some really good Pizza ! On Saturday I went out to the mall ! I wore my new dress , it fit really well. I had a nice time going around the stores . I also went to a thrift shop and picked up a new dress and cardigan ! I had time for a video chat with my Sister on Saturday evening, it was a nice chat. On Sunday I went to early Church . Then as it was our Anniversary I picked up the flowers ! I got roses , they look gorgeous .
The family arrived back at 10am Sunday morning They stopped halfway in Wisconsin at the dells Saturday night and went to a waterpark. Our son had to be back for his trap team at 11.30am. It was good to see them all again ! We had a quiet day at home and then Monday came around and they were back at school after the mini break. This week has been a typical Monday to Friday. Tomorrow us parents are going to go out alone to friends for lunch should be fun !
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Not sure if you recognize the model above ! Have a great week , Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! As we go halfway into October (already!) the weather has been crazy this week. Monday was in the 70s , Tuesday got to the early 80s and felt like summer . roll forward to Friday and I woke up to SNOW! It didn’t stick around . It is all the joys of living in Minnesota you never know what you can get this time of year.
Last Saturday as I said in last post we went top the in-laws town to have family photos taken. It was a beautiful afternoon for fall poses . The lady who took them was really professional and knew how to make the kids smile with her humour . We hope to get them back soon. After photos we went to a local restaurant for an early dinner before the evening rush. We went back to in-laws house for a few hours and got to spend sometime with our nephew Stanley who we got to see walking for the first time. It is only a few short years since our youngest was doing the same. Sometimes I miss that age ! We arrived home late at 10pm. On Sunday we went to 9am church at a next door parish. Our son had trap shooting at 11 am , he does enjoy it.
There was football on tv during the afternoon, our family are big fans. Then the evening was getting the kids ready for school the next day. The week kept all of us busy work , school and on Wednesday evening church class for the kids. I was relieved when Friday came, I was tired at the end of the day ! I could not relax though as we had a scheduled double dinner date with our friends Jordan & Angie scheduled. A nice shower perked me right up again. We picked them up at 6.30pm and drove the short journey to the restaurant. It was fun catching up, talking about their house projects and how the families were doing. It was so good to fall asleep last night I must admit ! Today I have a hair appointment and later we will be shutting down our pool for the year 😦
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Good morning Ladies! How are you doing today ? The sun is just coming up and it looks like being a beautiful day. It is 31f so in the frosty area. We had to turn the heat on last night. I do hope it will warm up again from here though as we go more into October.
Last Saturday I left off when we were about to go to Pinehaven farm. It takes about an hour to get there and we arrived around 10.15am. The weather was sunny and the temps were good. There was lots to see and do for the kids. There were farm animals that they got to feed. They enjoyed interacting with them. We went then to the play areas with tunnel slides. Then it was on to the corn pit , they really had fun in it. they were making corn angels and all sorts of things ! Then they went to the giant slide . The boys raced down it a few times. Before we left we went walking through the corn maze it was a fun walk. Then the rain came unexpectedly. We left and went for lunch at a local restaurant in the area.
We arrived home at 2.30pm. Our daughter went out to dinner with her friends as part of the homecoming celebrations. They all got dressed up. She needed her hair styled and she looked good in her new dress. We had a relaxing Saturday evening, phew !
On Sunday we were busy with trap team activites for our son early. We then had a nice afternoon, I video chatted with my parents. Monday came quick and we were all back to the grind ! On Tuesday our oldest son went to flag football in the evening. On Wednesday they had their first day of Church class for the year. Thanks to all the volunteers for helping in that area ! . Thursday was the last day of flag football for our son. He really likes it and is missing it already ! Today we are having family photos taken with all the extended family. The last time our Nephew Stanley was not born so it will be nice to have him in them. My mother-in-law is excited for them !!
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Good morning Ladies ! I hope this post finds you well on this the first day of October . The sun is not even up yet as I write . I am an early bird today. We are going to a fall wonderland of adventure this morning . It is a farm that has it all apples & pumpkin picking . It also has fun games for the kids also. i will hopefully have some photos next week. We got our first frost this week on Wednesday … a little reminder of the future ! It did warm up in the days after .
We had a few busy days this week after being at my in-laws last weekend. We were all back to work and school Monday. This week was homecoming week , it is a celebration of a big football game for the local high school. Also past students women and men come back and are honored during the game. All the schools from elementary get in on the party atmosphere with pajama day to crazy sock day and lots of games. it culminates with a dance on the Saturday night for high school and above. On Monday we sold our old truck ! After getting a new bigger family car one vehicle had to go ! So it was the oldest . We kept our family car original family car. On Wednesday evening we went to the homecoming parade. It was really nice, it last about half an hour with sports teams , the high school band and other organizations marching, they also handed out an obscene amount of candy !! Our son marched with the trap team although he is not in high school yet.
Last night our 3 older kids went to the homecoming game with their friends families. thanks to them for the invites! We had a little date night with our youngest son, we went to Applebees for dinner! The kids gradually got home from the game one by one and unfortunately our team lost 34 to 31 in the last 5 seconds ! They still had a fun night out.
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Good morning Ladies! I am writing this post as we travel to my in laws today ! We will see how it goes. It is a cloudy start to the day and 70f. The cool down has begun since the first day of Autumn. Yesterday morning was 49f when I woke up!!!
The last 2 weeks have been pretty standard for us, since the kids have been back in school the weekdays are busy getting dinner ready in the evening and making sure they have everything ready to go for the morning ! The weekends have been time to relax for all , just to recharge . We have been just working on a few projects outside before winter comes, We also have to shut down our pool for the winter . It got so much use during the summer, with memories made!
This weekend we went to my in laws Saturday morning and stayed until Sunday evening . It was a nice time together . This coming Thursday our High school has the homecoming parade ! We will go and watch it.
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Good evening Ladies ! I am starting this late on Saturday 8.30 pm the day goes by so fast, especially at the weekend ! It started off with a little rain on top of what fell yesterday. We did need some i have to say . The month is starting to fly by !
When I left off last week we were preparing to go out to eat with friends . WE left soon before 5pm and stopped by their house to pick them up. They wanted to check out our new vehicle and they were not disappointed ! We got lots of compliments on a good choice. We went to the Northern taphouse and had a lovely meal and good conversation as we had not seen them in about 5 weeks. We sat on the patio as it was a nice sunny evening. We stopped at a lovey brewhouse on the way home. They make their own on the banks of the Cannon river , we sat outside again with the sound of the slight waterfall filling the sound of the night. By 9pm we were getting a little sleepy and ready to go home. We dropped them off and were home around 9.30. We were ready for bed , our daughter did a good job babysitting!
On Sunday church was attended as usual and some of the family went to the in-laws cabin and some stayed home . I stayed with our daughter, I was not ready for a road trip ! We had a relaxing afternoon and evening. The rest of the daytrippers got home soon after 9pm. Monday was labor day , a holiday in the US. Most of the day was spent getting the kids ready for the first day of school! There was clothes, backbacks, schedules , and food options to sort ahead of the first day ! They all got to bed in good time and Tuesday morning came fast. They are at 3 different schools. elementary middle and high school/ the two younger boys being still in middle school. One by one they all got their respective buses and were off to start a new year! Just like that we are back to normal after summer 2022 !
The week started to go fast , our son had football Tuesday evening . The kids got into their weekday bedtime routine ! On Thursday afternoon I was chatting with my friend Gemma when she got a newsflash that Queen Elizabeth had passed away at the age of 96 . She was an iconic woman who ascended to become Queen at the young age of 25 and held that title for an amazing 70 years. Here is her speech on her 21st birthday , I am sure she was not expecting to be Queen a mere 4 years later https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUlToHE_27U
We were all ready for the weekend when yesterday rolled around ! This morning I went on a 2 mile hike at a local park . It was a good workout , I was ready to tale it easy when we came home. We did some yardwork in the afternoon, it is starting to look good ! How are you spending the weekend ?
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Good morning Ladies ! You join me on the first weekend in September , Labor day here in the United States. It is also the intersection of summer vacation and back to school for our kids ! I think they are ready to return. They all start on Tuesday. The weather has warmed a few degrees during the week but this weekend is supposed to be very comfortable.
Last Saturday we went to my in-laws . We got to have a nice get together. The kids also got to help Grandpa pick some corn, potatoes green beans and tomatoes from his vegetable patch. I did help a little also ! We had a nice dinner and left at about 7 . Actually the 2 older boys stayed over and went in the truck with Grandpa on Sunday. He has his own trucking company and had to deliver close to our house. He does not usually work Sundays but had to on this occasion. The boys had fun driving with him ! On Sunday morning we went to church and afterwards had a relaxing day and evening. Monday was back to the grind for me ! Tuesday our son had flag football practice. It is fun without the contact in regular football. The rest of the week moved on pretty quick. Thursday there was a flag football game our sons team played good but were beaten by the better team. The best player on their team was the only girl ! She was fast weaving in and out of her opponents before they eventually would grab her flag. She did gat a touchdown before the end. Last night was nice to relax after a long week.
Today we will be mostly staying home. In the evening us adults will be going on a double dinner date with our friends Brandon and Josette . We will pick them up as they want to see and travel in our new vehicle!! We are looking forward to it.
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Have a beautiful weekend everyone , thanks as always for reading, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! It is starting off with rain showers and rumbles of thunder in the distance . The weather has been on the cooler side , in the high 70s into the early 80s. It is usually warmer in August but I will take it. The grass is looking well! I did not get to post last week. I don’t like missing weeks but I am back !
We had a pretty relaxing weekend gone by. We did a few projects around the house , got the grass cut and generally were able to take it easy. On Sunday we chatted with my Parents and sister who just visited. My sister was at their house dropping off a new iPad I picked up for them ! It works so much better to video chat with! We went to church at a nearby parish for a change. It was a lovely ceremony. We stopped for a late lunch on the way home. Our daughter continues to do well at driving, she is getting better all the time . On Tuesday our oldest son started a new season of flag football . It is a less rough game than regular (American Football) but learning all the skills also. He also had practice on Thursday. We got ready for school this week with supplies and clothes purchased . I am going off on a tangent here, but I would love to see the schools bring in uniforms ! I wore a uniform to school while not the prettiest in fashion sense everyone had the same ! it was a coed school . It was a grey blouse , grey skirt Maroon sweater with Maroon tie . In the cooler months tights were included. In later years it was optional to wear grey pants/trousers. The boys wore the same with grey shirt and Pants . Anyway I can see the value in a uniform !!!
Visitors 2022 part 2 !
I left off last time ending day 2 of our visitors trip. Friday we went out and about seeing some quaint towns in the area . I dropped our daughter off at her softball tournament before that and another parent took her home ! Thank you ! My Sister went to dsw shoe store and got some great bargains and cute sandals ! In the evening we went to the mall of America, it had been 17 years since they had been there( the time we got married!) We walked all around and they got to see all the pretty, and novel stores but did not do much shopping. We had dinner in the mall before coming home. We then had game night ! We introduced them to corn hole or bean bags where the first team to 21 wins. It was so much fun , we played in teams of two.
On Saturday they slept in a bit. They got some breakfast and I then took them to a nice town on the cannon river called Northfield. It is a lovely town with a lot of history and lots of small shops. We came back at about 1pm as we were having a little party get together . My in-laws came along with my brother in-law and his son . Our friends Brandon, Josette and Maddi also joined us. We had a nice l late lunch . The visitors got to peel corn for the first time , a fun experience. We had a lovely chat together and played a few fun games of spoons, played with a deck of cards and giant spoons! We had a few nightcap drinks ! My sister made her Irish coffees so good !! Sunday came quick and their last day with us. We did a bit of chatting after they had packed their bags. Then at 1pm it was time to go to the airport. I dropped them at departures and had an emotional goodbye , until we meet again . It was a fabulous few days and lovely memories made .
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Have a beautiful weekend and week ahead, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies !!! How are are you doing and welcome to my first post of August . I missed the chance to write last week but was really busy ( In a good way !) as you will see later. The weather has been mostly warm , except for a really wet day yesterday. Today is looking like the sun is coming up !
When I left you in the last post I was excitedly preparing for our visitors ! They arrived on Wednesday the 3rd . The few days before that were spent preparing the house , cleaning up toys . It is usually pretty clean but I felt it could do with that extra spruce up ! So on Wednesday after work I headed to the airport to pick up my sister , brother -in -law and best friend growing up. As I said before my Sister and her husband did a tour of Canada , my friend only joined them on the US part of the trip in Boston, Providence. I was checking the flight from Boston as I was leaving and it was pretty much on time . I drove the 25 minutes to the airport , parked , went inside to baggage claim and when I arrived are their carousel they had just all received their luggage ! We had a nice moment together , after being apart for 4 years.
We got in the car as we chit chatted , my sister wanted to visit a pharmacy on the way. We went to target , they were amazed at the size of it. I guess I just take it for granted now. While we were they we picked up some breakfast items , my friend couldn’t get over the length of the cereal aisle and took pictures! We left there and they were ready to eat. We went to a restaurant across the parking lot called the crooked pint . I had been there on a double date a month before but it was the first time for them. We were brought to the exact same table I had been I sat at the month before ! We had a lovely chat as we talked about their trip up to that point. They enjoyed the meal , and our last stop was at the liquor store for some wine and beer. It was time to celebrate !!
We arrived at our home right at 9pm , the kids stayed up to see their Aunt, Uncle and friend and had a nice reunion. It was the first time for them in our new house so we they had a tour of it ! After the kids went to bed we had a nice time relaxing until midnight . Our two older boys gave up their bedroom and both slept in our office room. They were totally ok with it . They had a nice sleep in on Thursday morning , then got up to a nice breakfast ( in my opinion !) Also during their trip our daughter had a softball tournament on the 4 days they were staying. She had to be at first game for 8am Thursday . Our visitors did not go that one. A while after breakfast my brother-in-law wanted to gp on a run so we sent a guide with him on a bike ! In the afternoon we went into our pool and it was so nice to cool off in the hot day. Then we went to see our daughters softball game in the evening . We had to explain the rules to our visitors as they had not seen it before but caught on quickly. It was a thrill for them to see our daughter play! They won the game also. My brother -in-law also has a friend from childhood living in the twin cities area so he came for the end of the game as he lives close to where the tournament was taking place. We went for dinner at the local bowling alley as the boys caught up with each other. It was late when we got home , but still had a nightcap to finish off the day ! I will finish our visitors trip next week up until they left Sunday Afternoon!!
The house felt quiet after our visitors left, but it was wonderful having them here! Monday was back to the grind and on that evening we went to the local county fair for some good food and to look around. On Tuesday we received our new vehicle , a ford expedition . We needed something bigger for a family of 6 and it fits us well. On Wednesday evening we had tickets to go see the musical Wicked in downtown Minneapolis ! It was a lovely experience with great acting and some pretty costumes also ! It was late when we arrived home. Thursday and Friday went by fast and we had a nice evening in last night , phew ! Today we will be taking it easy , some of the kids have friend playdates to attend.
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Good afternoon Ladies !! I am back after taking a week off due to being just so busy last weekend. It is a gorgeous day , not too hot but we are supposed to warm up this coming week . I am looking forward to the week ahead , more later….
When I left you 2 weeks ago we had been to church that morning, the rest of the day was pretty relaxing. The week started with kids activities and our son settled back into the family after his church camp. Our daughter also continued her new activity :- driving!!!!! She is doing very well at it I must say with just a few suggestions needed to be added . She drove to her grandparents house, 2 hours away this weekend!. Friday came quickly and we had a softball and baseball tournament to attend in two different states ! Our son had a tournament in the next town over and our daughter had a tournament in Wisconsin , about an hour away. Our daughter did not play until Saturday morning though, we watched our son and his team win their first game on the Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday we split between kids , I watched our son play his games. They both had wins and losses . Our daughters team got to the last 4 and were just beaten by a stronger team. Our son and his team got to the championship game , they ran the winners close before losing an exciting game. They did us proud and did get medals and memories to keep at the end of a great season. Our daughters season in travel softball continues…
Monday came quickly after all the ball we watched! It went by fast though. On Tuesday we had a big event at our hose , we had a new roof put on! Not actually the whole roof but the shingles had to be replaced . We first noticed water coming into the house in our master closet in May during a downpour rain shower. . . After some investigation we found that one of the roof vents had a crack in it . We called our insurance company out. We also noticed that the shingles had a lot of hairline cracks in them. The adjustor came out and said it was damage from previous storms . So we were able to get a brand new roof! The old shingles were brown but we went with pewter, a gray black color. Here are some pics that were taken up on the roof that day !! Thanks to the crew for all their hard work , they were amazing !
We were able to use the dumpster to put some extra garbage from our basement project into by the kind permission of the project manager! The rest of the week was not too eventful. It was nice when Friday came , we got to relax with some adult beverages ! On Saturday early there was a little paint touch up to do in the basement bathroom. Then at 3pm our friends Jordan and Angie came over along with their daughter Kayleigh. She is a sweet 12 year old and a good friend to the kids. We had a nice time and had an early dinner before they had to leave at 6pm. We had another relaxing evening after( Is there a trend here ! ) This morning we went to Church, it was a lovely mass and homily. We came home and had a light lunch. I helped our youngest with his 668 piece Lego set ! It has page by page instructions which are easy to follow !
Visitors !!!! on Wednesday we have something exciting happening! For the first time in 7 years we will have visitors from Ireland . My sister and her husband along with my best friend growing up are coming to see us for 4 days . To say I am excited is an understatement. I have not seen them since I visited there in 2018 . This is part of a big trip they did , first they visited Toronto, Niagara falls , ( also they said Niagara on the lake Carmen ) Then they went to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Yesterday they arrived in the states, two days in Providence and 2 more in Boston before coming here Wednesday. They stay until Sunday afternoon late before flying back home that night.
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Wishing you a lovely week ahead , I am excited for it !! Lots of love, Terri xo.
Good afternoon Ladies ! I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend . I got a bit busy to write yesterday but here I am now ! It is a hot weekend here. It is 85f right now but has been hotter earlier and yesterday. It is the time for it !
Last Saturday was spent doing things around the house and a last minute trip to target for supplies our son would need on his summer camp in Wisconsin. While we were there we bumped into another Mom and her son who is a friend of ours , they were also getting supplies for the trip. He went to bed pretty early . On Sunday we were awake relatively early for Camp day ! We had to drive 35 minutes to where the bus was picking up the kids for the trip. There were a number of parishes going. Just myself and my son went to drop him off . After he said his goodbyes to the rest of the family we went for breakfast , as he would not be eating until he arrived at camp. We got to the pick up point in Roseville and got him checked in. It started to downpour just as they were getting on the buses.
We waved our goodbyes and he was on his way! I came back and got to relax a bit. Then I went to evening church at a neighboring parish. Monday came fast , it was a hot day ! it was strange having only 5 of us and not 6.
I came home on Wednesday to find these beauties !
Also on Wednesday our son had baseball . It ended early as there was heavy rain coming. I do not even know who won! I was happy when Thursday afternoon came as I had a 3 day weekend. I arranged to pick our son up at camp Friday, Parents were invited to the closing mass and ceremony. I got there at noon to the beautiful resort camp. There was testimony from a lot of the students who got up and said how the week had brought them closer to Jesus . Our son really enjoyed the week also. Another event on Friday, our daughter did her driving written test and passed !! She can now drive with an adult supervising ! She did some driving on back roads and did very well. Yesterday( Saturday ) I did some finishing painting in daughters room and had the new curtains and rod installed. In the evening we seen her softball team win a game in the weekend tournament. This morning we went to Church and had coffee and donuts after. We were able to catch up with a sweet friend Tracy and her family.
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Good morning Ladies ! It is a beautiful sunny start to the day . It has been a week with of lots of sunshine and a downpour on Thursday ! The weekend will be nice. We are having a quiet weekend at home which I am happy for .
As I left off last week we were going to be going to my in-laws cabin. It is a half hour from their house on the lake at a camp resort and is only used from April until October . We left early( for our family! ) at 9am on Saturday. We stopped for for coffee and some kiddie drinks and were on our way for the 2 and a half hour drive. We stopped halfway and let t he dog out as he was coming with us also! We arrived at 12:30pm and got to see the new camper which has an upstairs in it for extra sleepers!
front and side
back and side
We soon had lunch and then the kids wanted to go out on their golf cart ! It is only a 3 min drive down to the lake on it.
our daughter drove it for the first time on her 15th birthday, accompanied by a parent or grandparent. The boys also took turns .
We relaxed most of the afternoon and evening and then went out on their pontoon for fireworks !
After fireworks we were ready for bed . The in laws went to their bedroom suite, and the 4 kids all slept upstairs, we had the pullout couch in living room. On Sunday morning we went to the local Church , it was a very nice mass. We went back to the camper and had lunch and the kids went down to the lake to swim . There was a big inflatable trampoline for the kids to jump on , the beach ids to the right where the two girls are playing. At 7pm we were packed up and ready to go home. It was a lovely time for all !!
On the 4th day it was raining hard in the morning , we were maybe going to go to a parade but we decided against it. We had a nice day at home. There were local fireworks in our neighborhood that we watched that night. Tuesday was back to the grind but it was a short week. Our daughter had friends over during the week . It turns out one of them had covid and she contacted it !!! It is a good job she has her own bedroom/bathroom finished and is isolating from us. She is feeling better. She all vaccines and boosters up to date. Makes you wonder… She missed Softball on Thursday but will be back next week. Last night Was a nice evening at home.
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Shoutout:! To our oldest son soon goes to camp with his Church group Tomorrow until Friday . It will be a week of fellowship and fun !
Good morning Ladies and wishing you a happy July ! I hope you are enjoying summertime. The sun is coming up this morning and it will be a lovely day. It has been a lovely week with some overnight rain helping to keep the grass and flowers blooming. I am up early as we are leaving this morning to visit my in-laws. We have a long weekend with the 4th of July on Monday.
Thanks for all the compliments on my photos of our basement project. Our daughter is settling into her new space and loving it. She has a few friends staying over as we speak , and they went swimming yesterday evening . Last Saturday I put a second coat on her closet doors , they are looking much better. In the afternoon my in-laws came and stayed overnight. We went to Saturday afternoon church. We then had a nice dinner and nice time together. On Sunday we had a special day out. Our niece was playing along with her marching band in a town south of here , Lake city which is on Lake Pepin , which also is on the Mississippi river. It is famous as it is where water skiing was invented! ( I did not do any skiing while i was there!) We used it to celebrate our summer family birthdays , having a nice picnic as we watched the parade. It was a lovely few hours together. We got to see our 15 month old nephew who is walking now ! He is growing so fast.
Lake Pepin . The shore opposite is Wisconsin.
Some of the Parade …………
Of course Monday came around again ! There was softball and Baseball practices and all some midweek games to play. We went over to our friends house , where they installed the same pool we got installed last August ! It looks really well. Our daughter had a double header game on Thursday and they won both games. Last night was a fun night to watch all the kids in the pool enjoying themselves . I did not go in myself . We sat back and watched .
Today as I said we are going to the in-laws camper Saturday into Sunday. They have a long term lease on a spot to put it by a lake 2 and a half hours from here. I am not sure if we will all stay overnight , but their house is a half hour away so we might go there and the kids stay with Grandma and Grandpa in the the camper! We will come back around Midday tomorrow . We are invited to our friends Brandon and Josette for an adults evening Sunday with a bonfire and games . I am not sure if we will make it, but hope to after the travelling. We might go to a local parade on the 4th in the morning , and will watch fireworks in the evening/night.
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Shoutout :- to our daughter who celebrates … wait for it … her 15th birthday today ! I dont know where the time has gone , but she will be starting drivers education and possibly driving this year with an adult ! Best wishes, Mom Dad and all the family.
Have a lovely week and for those in the United States a lovely Independence day on Monday , love, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! June keeps flying by at a fast pace , we have officially started summer and passed the longest day of the year ! Where is the time going ? We are starting off this Saturday morning with some rain which is needed really. It is going to brighten up later though.
Last week I left off with us after coming back from our daughters softball tournament in Wisconsin. On Sunday morning we went to church , afterwards we went for coffee and donuts to celebrate all the Dads ! We had a relaxing afternoon and I was able to follow my daughters softball tournament on an app where one of the parents updates play by play and score by score, it is really cool to have. They got to the Championship game and lost by one run !! They had won the 2 previous tournaments so it is ok to come second sometimes. Myself and the boys had a nice dinner .
On Monday afternoon we travelled 2.5 hours to stay at a hotel before our sons trap team event on Tuesday. It was a small room but it was cozy. We arrived at the event soon after 8am . We had to wait a few hours before he was ready to go. they did 50 then stopped, then a few hours later finished their last 50. Overall he shot 61 out of 100 which was pretty good, but he was hard on himself for not shooting more ! He did great! We left there at about 5pm and stooped for dinner about an hour from home. On Thursday evening we had softball and baseball games to attend!
Last night we went out on a double date with our friends Jordan and Angie. They are a fun couple and it had been about 2 months since we got to see them. We had a lovely time chatting , and catching up.
The Basement Project completion !!
As promised last week I am including pics of our project , the bedroom/ bathroom . We still have a family room to complete at a later date but this was to give our daughter her own space! It started in the depths of winter and she finally moved in Last Sunday night after getting back from softball. The question was asked numerous times ” When will my bedroom be finished ? ” It is finished apart from the window treatments , excuse the green curtains in the pics, original to the house!
This is the view looking from the family room . You can see the outside is not finished.
The Bathroom with vanity cabinet sink and linen cabinet. We did an accent wallpaper wall. The black wall art also acts as a robe hook with little pivots to pull out when needed.
This is the view then for the bathroom into the bedroom. We wanted to put a door joining the two.
The view from Family room into the bedroom, again excuse the curtains !!
That is the project with the closet also . We do have another coat to put on closet doors but that will be easy to finish. I hope you enjoyed it !
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Good Morning Ladies !! I am writing this a day late but yesterday was a busy one ! The sun is up and it is going to be a hot one today . It is supposed to reach 97f ( 36c ) in the afternoon. Yesterday was a hot one too but not at what today will be .
When I left off last Saturday We were going to be busy with a softball tournament in the next town over for our daughter . That indeed was the case They started off on Saturday morning with a loss then won their evening game. That set up Sundays play nicely . They started off with a big win which brought them to a semi-final. They got a big win in that game , the girls were on fire! It set up a final against the team they were beaten by on Saturday. Amazingly , having been beaten by 5 runs the day before the girls won the tournament with another big win!! Congratulation to them ! It was very exciting for them to win it all !
Ok so back to Saturday , during the games we got to attend the graduation party for our next door neighbor girl as she completes high school and is off to college in the fall. They had finished painting in their garage to have it all set to host the party, It was a nice day and the there was a lot of people who turned up to honour her. Well done Reece !
Monday morning soon came and back to the grind ! Excitingly we passed our electrical inspection on our basement project. A step closer to completion.
Our second son stared an elimination diet this week as he has food allergies. Certain food do not agree with him. He cannot have dairy or wheat. He will be on it for 6 to 8 weeks . Lets hope we come to a solution for him going forward. On Thursday afternoon we got our final building inspection so our daughter can move into her new bedroom as soon as we clean the Bathroom and bedroom , and also just a bit of paint touch up. Phew.. I am glad that project is 99% done ! I will post the finished pics next week ! Our son had baseball and they won against another town team where he had schoolmates and friends playing against him !
I might be sounding like a broken record but on Friday our daughter started another weekend tournament , this time in Menomonie Wisconsin. It is a 1hr 20min drive. She is spending the weekend at the hotel, while I am the parent that drew the boys to be with! Myself and the boys went yesterday to see their evening game . They also got to swim at an outdoor waterpark in between games. We arrived back at 9pm last night. The boys were ready for bed soon after !
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Shoutout! Wishing all the Dad’s a happy fathers day !
Good morning to you Ladies ! How are you doing today ? It is starting off cloudy here and there will be rain showers on and off throughout the day, I am hoping they are mostly off ! Our next door neighbors eldest daughter graduated high school this year and they are having their grad party today. A lot of it will take place in their garage, which her Parents spent a lot of hours finishing the walls and painting to get ready for the party. But it will be nice for them to have outdoor time too. We are storing some of their garage equipment in ours to give then extra room ! We had mostly sunny days here though this week.
I left off last week with the big event being our daughters softball tournament in the the ball fields close to our house. There were teams from all over the metro area at it and beyond. They won 2 out of 3 on the Friday night. Then on Saturday they went on a winning run and got to the championship game !! They faced a strong Mankato team who are always good. The game was pretty tense with our team in the lead and then theirs. We needed to get a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. We got that! In the 6th we held them scoreless when they were batting. Then our girls went on a scoring spree with 5 runs! to take the lead! Mankato got one run back in the 7th but were unable to catch us and the girls won the tournament to great excitement! It finished at 10:30 pm Saturday night ! Well done Girls.
Sunday we went to church for the feast of Pentecost , commemorating when the Holy Spirit descended on the the apostles of Jesus giving them the courage to go out and convert the people to Christianity. We did put down a green carpeting under our deck in the afternoon to finish off the area, the grass does not grow well there! On Monday it was back to the grind for me , The kids were in their first full week of summer vacation ! On Monday night we went to a local waterpark as an early surprise for the Shoutout below ! We are still chipping away at our basement bedroom/ bathroom project, it is nearly ready for electrical inspection on Monday ! we still have doors to rehang and the door knobs, also a few more little items to complete.
On Thursday both our daughter and second son had ball games ! Our daughter had a double header against a local team tat they won, and our son had a single game at his age level. They won the game, a big surprise was when the coach put our son in to be the pitcher ! He tried very hard , has a strong throw, but could be good at it with practice. It was fun to watch him !
We have another softball tournament today and tomorrow , also our son on the trap team has practice for the state tournament in 10 days time. We also will try to get to the party next door !
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Shoutout :- to our baby , he wont like me calling him that , but he turns 7 today !! It is hard to believe but he is growing up. Lots of Love, Mom Dad and all the family !!
Good morning ladies and I cannot believe I am saying it but welcome to June on my blog!!!! May went in so fast and spring finally arrived in May for us ! We have had really beautiful weather for the most part.
Last weekend was a long one in the U.S. It was even longer for me as our youngest was feeling unwell on the Thursday night and we decided to keep him home from school as a precaution On Friday . Also on Friday the carpet was installed in the basement bedroom project for our daughter. we also had the temporary bedroom she is using , an office on the ground level carpeted. Thanks to our installer Oleg , a lovely young man ! On Saturday morning I went for a walk in the woods with our eldest son. It was a lovely nature walk but it started to rain during it. so we cut it short . My phone took in some moisture and I had to go to the phone store with it. They were not able to fix it and I had to have a new one sent to me, it is why I have insurance! In the afternoon our middle boy had friends come over to play. They went swimming in our still cold to me pool!! They did not have any issues.
Sunday was a relaxing day with nothing pressing on the agenda. On the holiday Monday we went to watch our local town baseball team in action. They would be considered minor league but the standard was really good. It was a fun day out for family and and good food as well!
Tuesday was back to reality , but for our youngest 2 it was the day they got their summer vacation. They had to go in for a few hours and then were done !! I remember those carefree days ! On Thursday our older 2 finished for the year . There was softball and baseball games for our 2 players on Thursday night . Our daughter had a game across the state border in Wisconsin, and our son had to travel a half hour to his game. We had to divide and conquer as parents . Our daughters, team won but our son’s came up against a stronger team. Last night our daughters team played the first 3 games in the local tournament They won 2 and lost 1 . I will update you on the rest of the tournament next week.
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Shoutout !- To my beautiful friend Gemma who started a new job in recent weeks ! I am excited for her new opportunity , well done Gemma !
Good morning Ladies ! Can you believe we are 2/3 of the way through May already ? It seems to be going by so fast . Today is starting off nice and sunny but the weekend is going to be changeable with cloudy weather and maybe some rain also. We also had rough weather during the week with hailstones also ! Our daughter and son’s ball games were cancelled on Thursday. The upside is that everything is starting to blossom!
Last week I said I was painting some wood trim . I indeed did paint it . We brought it outside into the sun and it was able to dry nicely. We also set up doors in the basement for painting , they are not done yet . The carpet in the basement bedroom is ordered and we are waiting on a date for the installers to come. Once the wood trim is installed it will just be electrical to finish and the bedroom/bathroom will be done! then the fun finishing touches of shower curtain , and accessories.
In the afternoon I had to check people in for our eldest son’s trap team. it was my week to volunteer. We were there for about 3 hours and it went pretty smooth! On Saturday evening the kids had their friend Maddi come over and they went swimming. All I can say right now is Brrr!! They so enjoyed it though. On Sunday I went to early Church, then we drove to help my aunt-in-law with a few things after she had moved to a new apartment the previous day. I usually like to take it easy on Sunday but this was an exception. We got home at about 6pm.
Monday came fast as usual , we met with an insurance adjuster in the afternoon as we possibly have hail damage on our roof. We are waiting to hear back from him. Tuesday evening we did grass cutting . It was the first time since we moved home last June, as there had been a lawn service paid for until October 2021! We will handle it from now on. Wednesday and Thursday went by quickly . Last night there was a food in the park event in our neighborhood. There were a few different vendors and it was a chance to chat with people. Today there will be numerous chores to tackle…. I just have to get motivated ! The kids are going to an early morning Minnesota twins camp for 2 hours, so that should be fun !
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Good morning Ladies from a sunny Minnesota morning ! We got thunderstorms and tornado warnings Wednesday night, we had to go to the basement as suggested by the weather authorities ! The kids had lots of of questions, the younger ones especially. We got a little bit of hailstones also. Since then it has been sunny skies !
So Last Saturday I left you all quick to get ready for the wedding of our friend Brandon and Josette. We drove the 50mins to the hotel on the north side of the twin cities where everything was at the same venue . They had the Pastor come in and perform the ceremony . The main reading was 1 Corinthians 13 , a popular wedding passage of the Bible. Even though there will be tough times, love remains a constant . They soon became husband and wife !! it was lovely. Soon after there was the cocktail hour with everyone unwinding with a few drinks! Then the dinner came soon after and was very good. We were seated with 2 other couples we had not met before so it was nice getting to chat with and have a fun time with. One couple lives close to us . The DJ started right after the cake was served , then after the first dance people got out on the dance floor too! Most of the music was from the 90’s and the dj also took requests for those wanting to branch into the 80’s !! We left before it was all over , it was a lovely day to remember.
On Sunday it was up early for Church . Then in the afternoon our youngest had his last Swimming lesson of the season( surprising it was on Mothers day!) We had a quiet Mothers day afternoon together with just our own immediate family. We went out to a local restaurant for dinner to complete a nice day.
Monday was a nice day to start the week . It was pretty standard. On Tuesday our 9 yr old had his first baseball game of the season! It was fun to get out and see him play and the weather was lovely. They won their first game and they were really happy afterwards. Then on Thursday they had another game and got their second win. I felt bad for the other team’s pitcher. he was really struggling to get the ball to the plate and it took a long time for his coach to relieve him.
We opened our pool last night!! Our fearless kids had to go in for the first swim !!! I will wait until it warms up a little. Once in they got used to the temps and had fun. As they were swimming we had a backyard bonfire , also our first of the year.
Today I have to do some painting of wood trim and doors for basement. We are getting carpet ordered also. Then later I am checking people in for my son’s trap team event.
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Shoutout !!!- This is a special shoutout to my blog friend Mackenzie who gave birth to her gorgeous baby girl Quinn Rae on May 6th ! Congratulations to her and husband DJ . What a perfect gift from God just in time for Mothers day! Sending love to all 3 of you❤❤❤ I hope to share pictures in a future post.
Good morning ladies from a sunny Minnesota ! It is a whopping 63f at 9:30am already, spring has finally sprung for us ! I am so excited after a lot of days with cold temps the future looks good.
Todays post will be pretty short, we are going to the wedding of our friends Brandon and Josette later at 4:30 . It is going to be a beautiful occasion. Brandon and Josette were neighbors of ours, our old house was on a square block with a big field in the middle for playing/ relaxing . Brandon and Josette met in the field ! The rest as they say is history. We were honored to be with both of them on a night out when he proposed to her ! We were in on the secret , and it was a beautiful occasion to be part of. Now they are going to be joined in marriage. I am a hopeless romantic and am looking forward to later !
The past week was busy with sports, house projects , school work etc !! It will be nice to enjoy the afternoon and evening ahead!
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Wishing you alla lovely weekend and Happy mothers day to all the Moms !!! With love, Terri xo. ( Got to go!!)
Good morning Ladies !! You join me this morning from a wet and rainy Minnesota . We had a few sunny days during the week but the temperatures are staying on the cooler side for April. So I look forward to tomorrow and the first of May and warmer days ahead!
I started last weeks post on Saturday but it did not publish until the middle of the week when I finally finished it ! I finished the post telling you about our daughter spraining her foot. It was scary at the time to find out she hurt her foot at a friends house after missing a step. It came close on the heels of our son fracturing his shinbone in November so you can imagine what I was thinking “Here we go again!” We picked her up and got her to the emergency room. It turns out it was a sprain only and nothing broken ! She was sent home with crutches and had to use them for the first few days. Then she was able to walk on her foot and is making great progress. She will be able to get back to playing softball in a few weeks.
On Sunday morning we went to Church and also to the coffee and donuts provided afterwards. We had a nice chat with another family from the parish. Our youngest had swim lessons in the afternoon and we had a relaxing day thereafter. We were back to the weekly grind on Monday . Our 9yr old had his first baseball training session of the season, he has a few friends on the team so is happy about that , but it is good to meet other kids that he does not know yet. He also has training on Thursdays . Two of our 3 doors were installed during the week on the basement project and we also have carpet picked out for the new bedroom and our main floor office! The carpet company owner is coming on Friday May 6th to measure the areas we are installing. You will have to wish me luck today ! I am undertaking to grout the tile floor in our new bathroom today !! I will look at some online videos for the correct technique ! Hopefully I will have good results next week !
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Have a beautiful weekend and a lovely start to May ! Best wishes, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies from a sunny Minnesota ! I am glad it is going to be a nice day after a lot of rain yesterday . I said rain not snow so you can tell the temps are rising ! There is a silver lining!
At the end of Last weeks post I said we were working in the basement painting . We did get two coats on the bedroom . In the bathroom we made a last minute decision to put wallpaper on the sink wall. We have it ordered now. We also have the doors ordered , and will pick carpet soon.
On Sunday morning we woke up early and when it got light we noticed the Easter bunny had visited our house with eggs in the front and back yard ! We went to the early 8am mass at church. It was a lovely mass to celebrate the risen savior ! After Mass we came home and the kids went on the Easter egg hunt. After a few minutes they had full buckets !
Soon after we got packed up and made the 90 minute drive to my Brother-in-law and his family’s house to celebrate Easter with all the family. It was a lovely afternoon together , the Easter bunny had also stopped by their house so there was another egg hunt for the kids . It was a as we had snow a little later !
We spent a few hours and then it was time to make the trip home to get ready for another week! It went pretty standard as it does during the school year. We did treat ourselves by going out to eat on Wednesday evening. After work on Friday was different! We went to look at carpet samples in the showroom part of the company i work for! It was nice being there after hours and getting a chance to look at ease. We are still deciding on a carpet for the basement. Decisions !! On Saturday we worked on the basement bathroom by installing a tile floor! We rented a tile cutting saw and it went smooth! here is the result below !
On Saturday evening our daughter went to a friends house and after an hour we got a call that she had hurt her foot coming off a step awkwardly. So we brought her to the ER and it turns out it was a sprain, I am glad there was nothing broken !
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Have a beautiful week and I will chat again at weekend !!
Good morning Ladies from a cloudy Minnesota this Easter Saturday ! We have been having a lot of wind here this past few weeks . We also have had some nice sunshine during the week.
I wanted to add the video above , telling the story of Easter week and the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. It is a beautiful Hallelujah .
I finished last week with a late Sunday post. Monday was a busy day with work . Then in the evening we started to prime the walls in our ongoing basement bedroom/bathroom project! But it is exciting to finally be painting. Tuesday was similar with more priming in the evening, I was tired after the second evening !! Wednesday was the kids last night of Church class for the year! I want to thank all the teachers who volunteered to teach our kids in their faith journey in 2021-22 ! Maybe someday I will have the conviction to do the same!
On Thursday evening it was the feast of the last supper . Jesus last meal with his disciples . Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.
Good Friday was a day of fasting as it is during all Fridays in lent for Catholics . Our Church had an afternoon celebration of hte passion of Jesus, but I was not able to make it to that one. I went to a nearby Church where they had a 7pm offering. It was a beautiful and poignant event, with everyone getting to go up on the altar to kneel in veneration to Jesus on the cross.
Today we will probably complete the painting in the basement with 2 coats of finish paint ! Tomorrow we go to my in-laws for Easter .
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Good morning Ladies! I am back again after another 2 weeks since I posted ! Last weekend was one where I was busy and did not get around to writing . It looks like spring is here , but I am guarded with that word “looks” as you can never tell when your next snowfall will come in Minnesota. We did have a few skiffs of snow during the week but they went away quick. this morning it is just above freezing at 35F. Our grass is slowly turning to a shade of green from brown, yay!
When I left off 2 weeks ago I had said I was going on Saturday with my son to his new sport trap shooting. They shoot what is called clay pigeons , little discs not the birds thankfully ! He has struggled in other sports but is really enjoying this one. I want the best for him. The mid week was busy with work and school for us . On last weekend , Saturday we had visitors in our old next door neighbors Paul , Patricia and their 4 kids, they are busy having the same number kids as us but their youngest is nearly 2 , so still in the busy stage. it was nice to see them again in a relaxed get together at our house. They liked our house so much that they are now looking to move close to us if the right house comes up! On Sunday we went to church and they had a nice pancake breakfast afterwards, we look forward to it! Our youngest had swim lessons in the afternoon. Monday morning came fast and another week ! There was not anything out of the ordinary that happened during the week. On Friday night we invited our friends Brian and Crystal over along with their kids for game night , we had a lot of fun, with the game spoons being the best , you have to be fast ! On Saturday(yesterday ) we started painting in our daughters new bedroom !! We got one coat on the ceiling and are going to apply a second one. We did not get too much paint time in as we we were also entertaining yesterday afternoon /evening! ( Seems we are becoming quite the hosts!) Chris, Jen and their kids came and also Eric , Sarah and their daughter visited. We had not seen them since early 2020 , after we were all robbed of friend time for the past 2 years , but everyone is getting back to normalcy Thank God ! We chatted , had some good food , and for the adults not driving home a glass of wine or beers for the guys! We also did some games , beanbags (cornhole) and other board games, the kids also got out on the trampoline as the weather was nice! They left around 9pm after a lovely time together!
Now you are up to date, I will finish our Las Vegas trip review ! On the Sunday morning we were there I woke before everyone and went on a early morning walk. It was pretty quiet on Las Vegas Boulevard .
It was a really nice day ! I got back to the hotel and got ready for Church. Went to a Lebanese Catholic Church nearby, it was slightly different but a lovely experience.
After some food and relaxation we took on the 90 minute journey south to Bullhead city Arizona to meet friends from Minnesota who were nearby. They were bringing their son to Arizona for a college tour and we arranged to both drive and meet in the middle ! We had lunch and chatted , then went to Scooters fun park where the kids did activities from batting cages to go carts and mini golf ! I played the mini golf too actually ! I was able to take this photo below of the beautiful sunset before we left to return to Vegas.
We got back to the hotel late , and were ready for sleep! On Monday we went to the strip area and Mandalay Bay. We walked around the grounds and some of the stores inside , then we went to the Irish restaurant I had been wanting to go to !! The food was very good , I also got to meet the Irish Bartender !
We came back to the hotel and relaxed in the pool and hot tub for the evening. The next and last day we went to Krispy Creme for some guilty pleasures , donuts !! We used to have one here but it closed a number of years ago. You can watch the doughnut making in progress but we just missed that part, next time ! I was able to capture the snow capped mountains in the distance from Krispy Kreme, just in case I was missing the snow from home!
It was then time to go back to the hotel and do a clean up and then eventually go to the airport. Of course there was some more window shopping to do!
That was our trip , I would definitely go back again in March to escape winter !
I started this post in the early morning and it is now early evening. We went to Palm Sunday Mass this morning it was a lovely poignant reading of the passion and Christ’s ultimate death on the cross for us.
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Good morning Ladies ! I have done it again missing out on my weekly post and recently I have just managed every two weeks . We are finally seeing spring temperatures during the day with a little freeze some nights. Our carpet of snow is now gone though !
When I left off 2 weeks ago I had told you about a family funeral coming up. Pete, who is my Grandpa through marriage passed away while we were in Vegas . It was hard on my father in law to be there when his Dad passed . But he got back home two days later and made the arrangements. So the funeral mass was celebrated last Saturday morning. It was a lovely send off with a nice homily on his life by the priest. He was a veteran of the armed forces and got a military send off with a 3 gun salute . The bugle sounded and it brought us to tears. We had lunch directly afterwards and then at 1:30pm we we drove 45 minutes west where he was buried in the cemetery his wife had been laid to rest in 18 months previous. It is the end of an era and that generation in our family . May God grant you eternal rest Pete.
We got home at 8pm after a long day travelling , a sad day for us left behind but a happy day for Pete , who is reunited with his loved ones in God’s Kingdom.
On Sunday there was church and then afterwards our youngest had swim lessons. He is doing really well. In the evening we had our friend Brandon , his Fiancé Josette and his daughter Maddi over for dinner and just to see each other after a long spell of busyness for us all. They are busy too with their wedding coming up in early May ! Looking forward to that! The work and school week started again and it was pretty standard . One of our sons celebrated his 9th birthday yesterday ! He is growing up so fast its hard to believe really. Myself and my oldest son are home this weekend . My sweetie went to Fargo with 3 of our kids for a get together with an old college roommate and to hang out with their family and kids. Our son has joined the local trap team and is excited to start today. I will go along and offer my support!
So now on to Las Vegas Part two !! I left off the last post with a look at the hotel and our suite , also a quick peek into the nearby casino. We stayed close by the hotel early in the day on Saturday and then late afternoon went to the downtown area . We first went and parked by the miracle mile shopping and dining mall. It was a really nice and vibrant area and of course I did some window shopping !
Then we went outside to see Vegas by night ! It was a great experience seeing all the casinos lights . We watched the Belagio water dance show where the fountains dance to lights and music . It was amazing. You can see a video here Belagio fountain
We got to see all the amazing buildings .
We completed the evening with dinner in the miracle mile mall . more to come in next post !
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Good morning Ladies !! it is a sunny Sunday morning here in Minnesota , 36f and getting up to 39 today. With daylight savings in the early hours of the morning we lost an hour and I am a bit slow in getting active ! I think evening church will be attended today!
So now on to Las Vegas !! We left on Friday March 4th . We had dinner then drove to a park and ride place close to the airport and dropped off the car. Earlier in the day we brought our dog to a dogsitter through the rover app. She lives 10 minutes away and came highly recommended . We got to the airport at 7pm got checked in through security and met my in-laws by the departure gate. They have the timeshare in Las Vegas, or they can go to any major city in the states basically. It was so nice of them to invite us ! Our flight took off at 9’30 pm and was a pretty smooth trip to Vegas. . We gained 2 hrs heading west , Our flight got in at 11pm local time. We got our cases, and then waited for a shuttle bus to car rental. We got a nice vehicle to fit us all. I didn’t sign on to drive as I came back 2 days earlier than the rest of the family. We then drove and found a restaurant open as the kids were hungry! We ate and then headed to our hotel . We were there around 12. 15 am and were staying on the 9th floor of the Grandview hotel. After getting settled and unpacking a little , getting the kids to bed , we both were going to bed at 1:15am!!!
The kids were awake early next morning , above is the first view we had from our hotel window. you can see the mountains in the background. In this hotel you go into your suite via a shared foyer using a keycard , then there is suite A and suite B . My in-laws were in A and the rest of us in B , except our 8 year old who wanted to stay with them !! We had the 2 suite doors open all during trip so people could easily go from one to the other.
Above are a few random photos from our suite we also had a stackable washer dryer which was nice ! In the photo looking towards the kitchen you can see the open suite door . On our first day there we took things easy . After breakfast we went to the swimming pool and hot tub pool . Then after some of the adults went over to the nearby Southpoint casino , it was a 5 minute walk away. I am not really a gambler but it was nice to walk around and see what people were doing at machines , and also the horse racing section .
I will continue our Vegas adventure next week. We had some sad news on the trip , the patriarch of the family Pete passed away at the age of 93 last Wednesday. He was so nice to me always , and on the weekend before our wedding him and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, it was the first event we did as we travelled for our wedding week. His funeral takes place Saturday. He is the last of the Great Grandparents , may he rest in peace.
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Good morning Ladies ! It is another cold morning here 1 degree as I look at my countertop thermometer . The week started so nice with Sunday being in the mid thirties, It felt really good with the sunshine! After that it all about wrapping up in layers as you went outside.
As I said last Sunday , we stayed at a hotel nearby as the kids were off on Monday for presidents day. We checked in at 3:30 pm and our rooms were poolside, meaning you just open a sliding door and and you can get right to the pool area in the middle of the hotel. The kids changed fast and were in the pool immediately ! There are kiddy splash pools , but we are now beyond that for our youngest now . He is in the big pool and loves the water like the rest of his siblings. There is a big slide that they went down and had fun with. I put on my suit as well and got wet too! I also spent a little time in the hot tub . At 6 we went to a nearby Perkins restaurant for dinner. They were so understaffed , The greeter Lady also had to clean tables to get people seated. I felt bad for her. But everyplace seems to be looking for staff in the catering business now. We had a nice meal when it did come out. We went back to the hotel and the kids got back in the pool, us adults just sat and watched them play this time.
On Monday morning it was an early check out as our son had a doctors appointment . It was a fun little getaway though ! The week went back to normal Tuesday with work and school. On Wednesday we got a few inches of snow , just to compliment the rest of our snow built up for the past few months ! Last night our son had a little playdate with his friend Amelia and she also brought some girl scout cookies that we purchased from her. They are very tasty and for a good cause.
We will be doing some final prep for our trip to Las Vegas this weekend ! We leave on Friday night and will arrive late , but I hope to be up early Saturday to see the place ! I am not sure if I will get to write a post but if not next week I will the following week.
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Have a beautiful weekend , hugs and best wishes, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies from a sunny balmy Minnesota !! You heard right , it is 42 f right now and sunny and it feels amazing ! Lots will think I am crazy but when your body is climatized to sub zero temps this feels so good. Now where did i put that sun lotion ?!!
Last Sunday we had a nice relaxing day and then in the evening we tuned into the superbowl. I enjoyed it for the most part, The commercials were ok , half time show pretty good , and was an exciting finish with the Rams winning by one score to win the trophy. Monday came around fast and it was back to the grind! It was also Valentines day( or St. Valentines day as I first remember it being called ) A nice little picture below !
We stayed home and had a nice dinner with the whole family. Wednesday was church class night for the kids . There is always a bit of driving that night as they go at two different times , but that is ok. On Friday our daughter went to a friends for a sleepover. On Saturday my in-laws came and brought us sauer kraut and dumplings a German favorite, I have gotten used to it after marrying into a part German family ! My Father -in -law is really good at making them ! They stayed for a few hours and surprised the kids with a trip to Las Vegas over spring break! We knew about it already, but it was exciting for the kids . We go on March 4th and return March 10th ! It is a more family friendly place these days and I am interested to see it at first hand ! It will be good to experience different temperatures!
We are still working on our basement project , here are a few photos
The kids are off school tomorrow for presidents day and we are staying in a hotel for tonight with a swimming park that has some nice slides! We will be checking in at 3:30 this afternoon.
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Have a beautiful week ahead, talk to you next week, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! You join me from another chilly Minnesota morning. it is -5f right now . Yesterday we woke up to rain and 36f. The rain is the worst this time of year , after its done it freezes and causes icy spots for driving in. It is better if it stays just under the freezing mark. We are promised a few days of cold weather going forward.
As I said last week I tested positive for Covid and had to isolate from the family. It was tough but we got through . On Monday I was able to go back to work and was advised to wear a mask for the week as I did . Even at home I stayed away for the most part from everyone just in case, I did not want to get anyone sick. Wednesday the kids were back in church class . As the week went on I was getting back to normal. I was just happy I didn’t get any adverse side effects.
On Friday night our daughter had a bunch of girlfriends over for a sleepover. I made them breakfast on Saturday morning before they went their separate ways. We worked on the basement yesterday, prepping the walls with sheetrock mud . It is a 3 part process so maybe will be ready in 2 weeks for paint! Today we went to church and later will watch the superbowl(I think ! ) I will let you know below which team I want to win!
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Good morning Ladies ! I am back again after another 2 week break . On Sunday January 23rd we went to late church . We were down one car as one was in the shop for repairs. On Tuesday the 25th I took our son to a doctor appointment to see how he was progressing with his boot after fracturing his shinbone in November. He got good news and was told he does not need it anymore and we walked out of the hospital with both shoes on !! As a treat we went to one of our favorite restaurants Perkins on the way home for lunch ! I spent the rest of the day doing jobs around the house. ( always stuff to do!)
The rest of the week went by quickly, it was nice when Friday came. On Saturday we worked on our basement bedroom / bathroom project. We added sound insulation in the floor between the upper level, and were ready to start sheetrocking! We borrowed a sheetrock lift which makes it easy to put it on the ceiling. You put the sheet on the platform and crank a wheel, magic ! On Sunday we went to normal morning church . It was a nice afternoon to relax . We did watch some football and the Chargers and Cincinnati made it to the superbowl.
On Monday it was another cold day , I think I am getting used to them now! It was back to the regular week. On Tuesday coming home from work I started to feel a little weak and got some chills. I stopped at target to pick up food for dinner and it continued . I came home and decided as a precaution to do a covid test . We have some in home testing kits. I went through all the steps and at the end it came back POSITIVE !! I could not believe it , but accepted the results. I isolated from the family after that and took the Wednesday , Thursday and Friday off work. When everyone was at work and school Wednesday I did some small chores but after a bit I was starting to feel weak again. I listened to my body and took it easy ! By Friday I was starting to come around again and got some things done. This weekend I have been hiding away with everyone at home ! I kind of feel guilty but it is necessary. This is the last day of isolation but I will try and be careful for the next few as well.
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Have a beautiful and healthy week ahead !!! Best wishes, Terri xo
Good morning Ladies ! I hope you are having a nice weekend where you are. It is relatively warm here today so far , 16f after having a few days in the past week down to minus 12 and a windchill too. The joys of Minnesota ! We also had a light snowshower last night.
Last Sunday we went to Church , and had a nice visiting priest , he was a little hard to understand but we did get what he was saying. Afterwards we had a nice time at home and then went to a local restaurant for dinner. The kids were off school Monday for MLK day. On Tuesday I was able to call my Mom and wish her a happy Birthday. She said ” I am getting on in years” but she is the one who always says your as young as you feel! I am hoping to see her in person this summer. On Tuesday morning I got the sad news that my Uncle , Aunts husband had passed away after a few years in declining health. He lived his life to the fullest, he was a chef who worked hard and also played hard in his freetime. He was always the life of the party and will be missed . I was able to talk to my Aunt over the phone that morning which was nice to comfort her. I watched the funeral mass online earlier today. May he rest in peace , a man of great faith . Wednesday and Thursday went by pretty much as normal. We did get a new heater installed in the garage Wednesday, which is nice , it works on a thermostat so can be set to turn off.
Today we have basement projects we will be working on in hopes to soon complete the bedroom and bathroom. The boys are going to go snowmobiling with friends of ours , all I can say is brrr!!
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Good morning Ladies ! I am back after a two week break. I got so busy last weekend I did not get time to write to you ! On the 3rd the kids went back to school after the Christmas break. I think they were all ready for it ! It was a very cold week ! On Friday it reached minus 16 f or minus 27c !! That morning i video messaged my cousin in Perth Australia to chat and tell him about the weather extremes! It was 97f (36c ) with him !! Just 113f difference! Saturday was a day of work around the house . We did a project in our sons room which I will take photos of later for you to see. In the evening we had our friends Brandon , his Fiance Josette and his daughter Maddi over for dinner and games. We ordered pizza and it was very good! During the evening they announced a date for their wedding !!! They will become husband and wife on May 7th and we are looking forward to it now. She has her dress picked out and had a lovely day finding it with her mom and sister.
On Sunday morning i woke up with an upset stomach. I stayed home from Church as a precaution and layed low for the rest of the day. It was a good decision and I kept away from everyone else. I was much better on Monday morning and was able to go to work. on Monday our oldest son had a choir concert at the high school. They all did really well for the hour we were there.
Wednesday evening the kids had church class . During class i stopped at a local store and bumped into my old neighbor Patricia ! She was so excited to see me and gave me a big hug right away ! She really misses our family next door , The new couple are nice but are busy with work a lot of the time. We agreed to have them over to visit one these upcoming weekends. I was glad when Friday came ! The two older kids had sleepovers that night at friends houses. We completed the project in our sons room last night! I was at the thrift store recently and had to take this cup home with me !
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Have a beautiful week ahead, A big shoutout to Kate who celebrated her birthday on January 10th and to My Mom who celebrates hers on the 18th . Take care, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! It seems really strange to say that it is January 1st . I want to wish you all a very happy new year for the 12 months ahead . The last 12 were pretty much dealing with and getting through a pandemic, As someone who is an optimist , I hope for a bright and happy 2022 for all of us.
In my last post December 18th we just had our gas stove installed . I have to say it was a great decision to go ahead with it! we were so used to gas , that we felt it was the right choice to go ahead with . On Sunday 19th it was the 4th Sunday of Advent. We had nice family time after church. The new work and school week came around quick but started to go by fast . The kids finished school on Wednesday for the Christmas season. On Thursday I had our work party that started at noon until 2pm. It was a fun time to mingle ! On the way home I did a little last minute shopping ( guilty!) In the early hours of Christmas eve morning , santa made an early visit to our home as is tradition in our half German household ! The kids stockings were filled and they also got some other wrapped gifts he dropped off! There was excitement for a while then we had a nice brunch. At about 3pm after packing up we made the 2 hour journey to the in-laws !
After a few stops we arrived at 5.40 pm in time for dinner. Unfortunately my one Brother -in-law and his wife and family had flu and could not make it . A few family gifts were exchanged that evening as well ! Christmas morning came and santa had showed up at Grandma’s house also !! What a guy ! We did get to see my other brother-in-law , his wife and their adorable 8 month old son also . After Christmas morning church we had a nice lunch and chatted for a few hours. In the evening we made the journey back home. We did bring back more than we came with ! Sunday was a nice day to relax. On Tuesday our youngest got his cast off after his shinbone fracture and they put him in a boot as the last part of his rehabilitation . He can now walk with the boot and take it off at night and have a proper shower or bath! He is doing so well! Also on Tuesday the older kids and their friend Maddi went to see Spiderman. Yesterday we went out for brunch to one of our favorite restaurants Perkins for a nice brunch treat! Then we made a nice dinner where the kids contributed to make. We made it to midnight by watching some old tv shows. I Am growing weary of the countdown tv specials with bands and individuals performing I do not even know ! Is anyone else on the same page with me ? !
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I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support in the past year . It truly means a lot to have you as friends through this written word outlet . Sending you many blessings for 2022 , love, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! I got so busy last week that I did not get a chance to sit down and post, my apologies ! I can review it here. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas ! Just a week to go until Christmas day ! We have had some strange weather this past week alone. Last Friday we had a snowstorm that dropped 15 inches on us ! Saturday and Sunday were relatively mild in comparison . Early Wednesday it got close to 60 degrees F and snow melting . Then we had a windstorm , thunder and lightening . We were blessed though it did not do too much damage. I am counting my blessings after seeing the devastation and loss of life in Kentucky. God bless all of them affected.
On Thursday the 7th I took off and brought our son to the hospital for his latest appointment after fracturing his shinbone. He was in a full leg cast for a few weeks . When we got there they started to take it off. They use a small saw called an oscillator that cute the smallest amount into the cast. It was a little scary for my son but between myself and the technician we calmed him down ! It was good to have his leg free for a half hour or so. They did x-rays and the doctor was happy with how it is healing. They put a smaller cast on below the knee and said he could put more pressure on it walking. He is able to get around on it . He still uses a wheelchair for school. On Saturday we had friends , 3 couples and some of their kids over for lunch and to hang out for a few hours . It was a nice time ! Then in the afternoon we decorated !
On Sunday we celebrated the 3rd week of Advent or Gaudete where the rose colored candle is lit and the priests wear rose color vestments, It means rejoice , the birth of our Lord is very near ! After church it was a pretty relaxing day . Monday started a new work and school week . On Wednesday the kids Church class was cancelled due to high winds and possible tornado activity but Thank God it did not transpire. On Thursday evening our Church had their advent reconciliation or confession night with 6 visiting priests and our own parish priest hearing the sacrament. On Friday I was off as we had some workers helping out with our basement bedroom/bathroom project. One guy was doing the electrical rough in , running all the wires . The other was adding heat vents to both rooms so it is ready before sheetrock. The same guy also added a new gas line from our mechanical room to the new gas stove we ordered! I am so excited to be using a gas stove again, I could not get used to the electric one after 6 months of living here. This was the time to do it as the new bedroom is directly below the kitchen and the ceiling would be inaccessible later. Someone is lined up to take our electric stove. We have some chores today before Christmas !
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Shoutout !!! I am so happy to tell you my friend Mackenzie and her husband DJ are expecting their first baby in May !! She will make a wonderful Mom ! She also just told those who follow her that the baby is a girl !! I am very excited for both of them. You can check out her initial announcement ” so we have some news!” or the cute ” we’re having a …..” here.
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful Christmas if I don’t get a post out before then, we are going to my in-laws , should be a lot of good family time. take care, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies ! It is hard to believe but it is now December , one of my most favorite months of the year . It is the month we welcome our lord and savior Jesus Christ . We are having some nice weather temperatures here for Minnesota , We dont have any snow on the ground , but we are promised a little bit over the weekend . Thursday was a beautiful day in the low 50s and sunshine !
Last Sunday was a day of quiet family time after the busyness of thanksgiving. The kids had Monday off school to give them a nice long late November mini holiday. Our little guy who is in a cast due to fracturing his shinbone went back to school Tuesday after being off for over a week . He is using his wheelchair and had lots of attention from the other kindergartners when he returned! The innocence of little kids ! Wednesday the kids also returned to church class. Thursday was a pretty normal day of work and home life . On Friday I went food shopping , and when there I seen Christmas cards and realized I need to get them sent overseas quickly ! I will write them today . Also today we are having a few couples and their kids over for lunch and to catch up. It should be fun !
Later we might go out shopping for a new gas stove . We have electric right now but have been so used to gas over the years that we want to see what is available. Which do you like, gas or electric? I also hope to see some hallmark Christmas movies, they are a guilty pleasure of mine !!
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Good afternoon Ladies ! I hope you are doing well on this Sunday . We are coming to the end of a 4 day weekend after celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. I got a little time to sit down and write my post !
As I left you last week we were getting ready to see the orthopedic doctor in relation to our sons fractured leg from the previous Tuesday. We both went to the appointment on Tuesday morning and they took a look at the leg. They cut off the splint (soft cast) and checked things out. Then the doctor figured he needed a hard cast . So he was able to pick out the color and went with red. It was interesting watching the technician putting it on . The mesh wraps around easily and then it hardens pretty fast. We set up a new appointment for December 7th. we were also able to get a wheelchair that day. We use it when needed around the house. But it is so nice to have when we leave! He is getting better at getting around himself , and will go back to school Tuesday.
On Wednesday evening we started getting things ready for the arrival of our guests on Thursday. We got the extra tables and chairs set up and had a nice evening just the 6 of us. On thanksgiving morning My Mother and father in law arrived first with their side dish , then a little later my brothers-in -law and their families showed up . In all there were 18 of us and we had a lovely family day of food drink and laughter. We had 5 people stay over in total( Mom and Dad -in- law and Brother in law his wife and baby son) The baby’s Mom unfortunately woke up with earache and after getting checked had an internal and external ear infection. In the afternoon we made a bunch of cookies , a black Friday tradition!
On Saturday we had breakfast at a new restaurant in the morning , and did a bunch of work around the house and got some inflatables and Christmas lights installed.
This morning we went to church for the first Sunday of Advent , a time to prepare us for the birth of Jesus .
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Good morning Ladies ! I started that first previous sentence on Saturday morning and that is as far as I got ! It is now Monday. last Saturday (13th) I had just watched the funeral online of my Uncle who passed to eternal life. I was able to compose myself and after that got busy with a bunch of chores and also we worked on the basement where we are building a new bedroom and bathroom for our daughter. it is at the framing stage and now needs plumbing electrical and heat /cool added . In the evening we had friends come over and had a nice evening with them. On Sunday after church there was a pancake breakfast and that is a popular event . In the afternoon I printed up a photo of my Uncle who passed , put it in a frame and put it on the remembrance table at our church as November is the month of the holy souls where we pray for those departed from this life and those in purgatory who need our prayers.
Monday and Tuesday started off normal then at 9.30 am I got a call from the school that our youngest had a playground accident and had swelling on his leg. I left work and went to pick him up , he was in a wheelchair in a bit of discomfort. The nurse and I got him loaded up and I took him to Childrens hospital in St. Paul. We waited a while, He was feeling ok after a while with his leg up in a chair. We then got x rays done and the diagnosis when we seen the doctor was that it was a shinbone fracture. So they commenced to putting a splint in which is a heavy duty bandage put together in 4 parts. We wheeled him to the car and got ready for our new life experience! He did really well. I had enquired about temporary wheelchairs for our son but they did not know about any.
We got him home and there was a lot of carrying needed, he is too young for crutches. He had a tough time falling asleep the first night even with the medication he was taking. he did drop off though. The next day I was busy with him , and also calling our primary doctor, insurance company and anyone else we could to find a chair for him. It was a bit of a runaround and we eventually had to order a chair online , it has not shipped as yet. He has spent his days sitting on our new couch with footrest , and generally giving us orders! He needs help to use the bathroom, but is a trooper. Saturday was a day of keeping busy, getting ready for thanksgiving and minding our patient. He is going to see the specialist tomorrow so we will see what that entails going forward.
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Have a beautiful week ahead and a lovely thanksgiving if you are celebrating, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies, I come to you this morning with a hole in my heart . On Tuesday of this week I got a call from my sister that my dear uncle Peter had passed away into eternal life. He was diagnosed with dementia earlier in the year and then from July started going downhill quickly . He was staying at home until 6 weeks ago and then had to go into a nursing home. It was tough on the family, his wife and 3 kids , as towards the end he did not know them. At the weekend they gave him Morphine and he was administered the last rites as is custom in our Church to prepare us for the afterlife with God. He was a man of deep faith, an inspiration to all who knew him . He would do anything for you if you were in need . He was a great handyman and could do anything in the home from plumbing to electrical carpentry. He also loved working on cars. May he rest in peace , in the presence of God.
last Sunday was a relaxing day . After working pretty hard on Saturday we all took it easy. Our son had a friend stay over after celebrating his birthday the night before by going bowling. They were awake late but its ok once in a while ! We watched some football also. Monday was back to routine . Tuesday towards the end of the work day I got the sad news of my Uncle passing. I had to go to a dental appointment at 6pm that evening still. My dental hygenist Claudia was very compassionate on hearing my sad news. We had a good chat as she did her work( well you can guess she did most of the talking and it was lovely hearing her stories about loved ones she lost) On Wednesday our youngest got new glasses as his prescription changed , for the better I am happy to say. He has cool blue and yellow frames! The kids also had church class that night.
Thursday night I was able to relax and reflect on things. Sometimes the tears would flow out of nowhere when I would think about my Uncle. I am an emotional person at the best of times, shedding tears at a sad movie so you can imagine me when a loved one passes! Friday morning we got our first snow ! It started to form on the grass and roofs but as the day went on it dissappeared. Last night we went out to eat at a local restaurant. This morning I was able to watch the funeral on live stream as I was not able to attend. It was a beautiful Mass of sending to eternal life.
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Good morning Ladies and happy November to you ! The year is going by so fast and now that halloween has passed the next big one for me is Christmas ! But I am looking forward to Thanksgiving coming as we are hosting it this year in our new home. The weather has been beautiful for early November in Minnesota . The more fall i can get the better !
Last Saturday we went to an Orchard to meet extended family (18 0f us !) for annual photos. Ever since they were young, my Mother-in-law has been getting pictures of all the Grandkids on this one bench in the orchard. This year we arrived and the bench is gone !! They did some rearranging there but we found another pretty spot to take the pics and it all went well. The apple picking was finished for the season but you could go into their shop for some and other treats. It was not a cold day but as soon as I got into the shop I knew i needed a hot apple cider ! It did not dissapoint and was so good. After the orchard we went to a kid friendly winery about 10 minutes away. It had outdoor seating and the day was nice to sit out in. They also had a mobile brick oven Pizza truck on site to tide us over before dinner. The kids were able to play board games or run in the big field attached and we were able to keep an eye on them. There were soft drinks for the kids , and most adults sampled their wines which were good to sit and chat with. We went to a nice new restaurant a few miles away for dinner . They had pull tabs there where u need to match 3 symbols. My Sister-in -law won $100 ! We discussed Thanksgiving plans and then parted to go our seperate ways after a nice day.
Sunday was a nice quiet day . We did not do anything too strenuous! Then it was back to work and school for us all for another week. On Friday our oldest son turned 12!! I still cannot believe it ! We went out to a new restaurant for dinner. On Saturday morning (Yesterday)we took delivery of a new couch ! We splurged a bit . Then we went and got some lumber for our basement project ! We are making a bedroom and bathroom down there to ad d more space and give our daughter her bedroom. We also did yardwork cleaning up leaves. Then in the evening there was bowling for our son along with friends to celebrate his birthday. Quite a day !!
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Good morning Ladies ! We are winding down towards the end of October and it has gone by so fast ! It is one my favorite months of the year with the weather cooling and the leaves changing color. It is also that nice period between summer and winter . The weather is kind of where it should be for Minnesota at this time of year with temps in the mid 30s at night and warming to the 50s during the day.
As I said last week we made the one hour drive from our house to Pinehaven farm for a lovely morning out . We left home soon after 8am and were there close soon after the opening time. We got to see the farm animals and it was nice that the kids got to feed the goats and baby calves. They had a few different breeds of cows and sheep you would not normally see. I grew up helping out on my grandparents farm so had an interest in all the animals along with the kids! The kids then went to the inflatable bouncy patch and had fun there. Then it was on to the giant slide . Our youngest was a little scared at first but soon was enjoying it! There was also a zip line and also a corn pit to play in. Our oldest son seen paintball and had to have a go at it! Then we got on the trolley and went out to the pumpkin field for the kids to pick theirs out . Our 14 year old daughter did not want to get one, is it a sign she is not our little kid anymore? We were then ready to leave after an enjoyable few hours. We stopped at a nearby restaurant before driving back home.
We had time to relax after getting home for a few hours . Then as it was our anniversary the 2 of us went out on a little date to a new restaurant about 10 miles from home. It was a lovely time and a great end to the day! On Sunday there was Church in the morning , the afternoon and evening was relaxing . The kids were back in school Monday after their mid term break . Church class resumed on Wednesday after a break.
Today we are going to an apple orchard to meet the extended family, The great Grandpa will join us also which is so nice to see him getting out and about.
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Have a beautiful weekend , our kids are excited to go trick or treating tomorrow night ! Take care , Terri xo.